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Diane Obenchain

Director of the China Initiative and Senior Professor of Religion

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, Drew UniversityMA, Stanford University (East Asian Studies)MA, Stanford University (Philosophy of Education) Stanford Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Study, TaipeiPhD, Harvard University

Courses Taught

IS503: The Practice of MissionMR519: Christian Engagement with People of Other FaithsMR541: Christ on the China Road

Campus Affiliations

Center for Missiological Research

Areas of Expertise

Comparative history of global religion; Christian engagement with people of other faiths; Chinese traditions: Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist; Christian mission and world Christianity

“I feel called to develop Fuller’s China Initiative in new and important ways—interlinking with seminaries in Southern California, North America, and the Pacific Rim that have programs focusing on China. We need to interconnect, cultivate relationships, a


Dr. Obenchain, in an interview available here.


Diane Obenchain came to Fuller in July 2014 from Calvin College, where she was professor of religious studies, specializing in the religious traditions of China and Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Her area of scholarly expertise is the Ru(Confucian

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